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for the future. he was describing the scaffolding that most of us need in order to build successful lives. you know, almost exactly 45 years ago dr. martin luther king, jr. preached a sermon at the national cathedral in washington. in that sermon he described how individuals needed to take responsibility for their own lives, but then he said this. it's all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bo bootstraps. on this president's day, let's make sure all our kids have boots so that all of them can pull themselves you have. thanks so much for watching us this afternoon. chris matthews and "hardball" picks things up right now. >>> it's president's day. going to the mattresses. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this big one. is barack obama going for it? is he suddenly becoming one of the great presidents in history? i'm not talking about mt. rushmore but perhaps the level right below it. i'm talking, to use his word, tran
but perhaps the level right below it. i'm talking, to use his word, transformational. and is he using the country's historic demographic shift to do it? can he combine the new american power of hispanics and other minorities with the immediate aspirations of women to lob himself into the highest level of presidential greatness? can he bring on an era of democratic, even liberal dominance, for years to come? this is what his adversaries fear. they look at his working of the gun safety crusade, his positioning on immigration reform, his distancing himself from the triumphing over -- even triumphing over the hard often bizarre right wing of this country to do it. are they on to something? could this president be the president of our time? tonight we examine on president's day just where barack obama intends to go. where he intends to be once he, too, joins the pages of history and the lists of american presidents. i've got to machines political analysts to answer the question. howard fineman and joy reid. first of all, i want to ask you both about these numbers here. these are numbers fo
and constitution. thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> it's president's day. going to the mattress, let's play "hardball." >> good evening, let me start tonight with this big one. is barack obama going for it? is he becoming one of the great president presidents in history? i'm talking to use his word, "transformational." and is he using the country's historic demographic shift to do it? can he combine the new american power of hispanics with the immediate aspirations of women to lob himself into the highest level of presidential greatness? this is what his adversaries fear. they look at his working of the gun safety crusade. his distancing of himself from triumphing over the hard, often bizarre right wing of this country toe do it. i've got to msnbc political analysts to answer the question. howard fineman and joy reid. first of all, i want to ask you both about these numbers here. these are numbers for the next election, 2014. right now the democrats are about 17 votes shy of taking over the house of representatives. they're about five votes ahead of where they have to be to hold the
bring us to a place of hope and a place of action. we'll do our job. we'll keep trying to keep the fox out of the hen house. pun intended. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> new pope. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this stunning news today that the head of the 1.2 billion person roman catholic church is retiring at the end of the month. this is the first time in many centuries that a pope has done anything like this. well, the question is whether a new pope to be elected in the next two or three weeks can refine church doctrine on matters like birth control, the role of women. can he correct and meet certainly head on the scandals that have besieged and enraged the catholic church in the u.s. and in ireland and other countries? tonight i will tell you what i think. i know who the front runner is right now and what we can expect of him. and let's face it, the election of a pope is a political as well as a spiritual undertaking. ambition and humility both play their roles
correct and meet certainly head on the scandals that have besieged and enraged the catholic chump in the u.s. and in irmd and other countries in tonight i will tell you what i think. i know who the front run ser right now and what we can expect of him. and let's face it, the election of a pope is a political as well as a spiritual undertaking. ambition and humility both play their roles. the stakes, who will lead the church for the years ahead, probably for our lifetimes. it's going to matter and not just to catholics. i'm joined by melinda henin burger and e.j. deon. here is my pick, cardinal angelo scala, just barely young enough to make it. the biggest thing he has gone in his favor, the pope wants him and there are a lot of voting cardinals who owe the pope. a majority were picked by the fellow right there, his holeyness. about 56%, close to the two-thirds needing to win. he's italian, that always helps. he's european, 62, a majority are from europe. you know how political i'm getting here? i'm just starting here, melinda. this is a political enterprise. it's a secular event and it's an
to go watch. the nfl is what will make us feel protected of and connected to football, seeing the hits in the ad. the nfl has not evolved to be safer, but it is more lucrative, which means bigger and more spectator hits. hynes ward said take the football off, with leather helmets, when you put a helmet on you use it as a weapon. an interesting idea, you don't hit as hard without the pads, you don't want to say these days were easier, football was hard and they died, too. football is not going to be safe as long as it is built around giant men colliding against each other, giving as much force as they can. but in the end, you see the sidelines, didn't look like much, the announcer said, only late in the ad when the field is filled with the gladiators, nobody wants to watch a game that doesn't look like much. that is "the last word." i'm ezra klein in for lawrence >> wild rover. let's play "hardball." >> good evening, i'm chris matthews in washington. scared of its own shadow. that's how scared the republican party is. the latest, if you can believe it, karl rove, the architect of the de
of the union. it's a chance to unite the country and talk about the core values of issues that should bring us together. but some people are on the other side of the aisle and doing the exact opposite. in a brand new interview, the ceo of fox news says the president likes to divide people in middle groups. he's by si trying to get everybody to hate identify other. really? the president, a divider? that's not the guy most of us have been watching. he's not the one questioning the patriotism and even the political ship of his opponents. he never said that beating opponents was his top political authority and he didn't hatch a blot to bring them down on the very first night of his inauguration. no, mr. president, ig naur the head of fox news and go for united american. bring us to a place of hope and a place of action. we'll do our job. we'll keep trying to keep the fox out of the hen house. pun intended. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> new pope. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this stu
protection under the law for everyone and we must not let anyone turn us around until that is achieved. all americans. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton, "hardball" starts right now. >>> scalia calls voting an entitlement. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. today in the arguments over the voting rights act justice scalia called the act, the voting rights act a racial entitlement. got that? entitlements. the right to vote is like food stamps or medicaid. it's not actually. it's a right of citizens of the united states to vote shall not be denied to vote by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. that was ratified in 1870 under president grant, one of my hero heroes, actually. as we know it was put into effect after a century of poll taxes, literacy tests and other gimmicks to keep blacks from voting only because of the voting rights act of 1965. yes, it has a wonderful name as you put it. the reason is not the words or their spelling or the english language in which this is written
mom hovering over all of us. and they say democrats are intervening in people's live. what will republicans do next to try to deflect from their history of starting unnecessary wars, chasing minorities and others from the polling places. being hawkish and undemocratic are not exactly great recruiting posters. let's face it. helping me to explain the latest republican face lift are john feehery and dee dee myers. we'll start with this. we know karl rove plans on finding more electable republican candidates as he finds them. what we heard was a kinder, gentler eric cantor than the one we have seen and heard before. remember the obstructionist majority leader, remember his name was cantor, who fought the president on the debt ceiling. he called the obama administration the imperial presidency. he stepped out today to show there are no rough edges in this republican party. let's listen to cantor today. >> we'll advance proposals aimed at producing results in areas like education, health care, innovation, and job growth. our solutions will be based on the conservative principles
, the republicans can take the energy of the people of the grass roots. bend it toward the middle and use it to elect people like ronald reagan and the bushes, father and son. but all of that architecture is gone. all you've got is the energy at the grass roots that isn't organized in anyway. and karl rove can't organize it. neither can any of the other people who played with that power but who now can't control it. >> so those who rode the tiger are now inside the tiger. >> exactly. >> don't forget, the chamber of commerce, at very times, made common cause with the antigovernment, anti-tax, anti-everything. they were willing to get in bed with him at certain points. and now they're paying for it. and karl is trying to unwind what he's wound. >> he's like a track tout. i used to go and after the races were over, they would show you who they'd recommend you'd bet on. it was always the winners that pass out the free picks. i would have bet on this guy. that's rove out there saying i would have had all of these winners picked, we would have won all of these general elections and now everybod
to be pa part of the process. it's up to us to make sure that we're proud of our process to include them. >> thank you, maureen. and ill think that is the challenge that the president gave today. i think that's the challenge. the president said he's going to target 20 cities. but we are, where ever we are, must become part of the solution or are we a part of the problem? we need people as maureen forte has said, from the bottom up that where the laws are there, where other things are there, that is fine. but we need to all be part of change in the mentality, change in the thoughts, changing the dreams. of young people to understand gun violence and destruction is not something they have to live with. they can be something no matter what their background. no matter what their circumstance. we all have to put our shoulder to the wheel. there's been 1833 people killed since newtown. we all have to be committed, not just look to the white house. he's got to start in your house and my house. thanks for watching. i'm a.m. sharpton. have a great weekend. "hardball" starts right now. >>> cruisin
carthyism and this weird unconnectedness attacking chuck hagel, for example, because no one will give us info or anyone info about the benghazi situation even though hagel wasn't even in the government when benghazi happened. sick stuff. and it seems to be growing in inverse proportion to obama's popularity. the better he looks the worse these characters inhofe, cruz, mccain and lindsey graham are determined to look. did you notice the smile on john boehner's face sitting up there behind the president during the state of the union? if you did, you're imagining things. so afraid of the hard hating right of republicans these days of every stripe even boehner's scared to death of looking like he might like something barack obama had so say. to do that is to risk political death in these days. let's go at it. our guests are joy reid of the grio and michael steele, former chafer of the republican national committee. both are msnbc analysts and good ones. let's take a look at this. is this delay on the hagel vote about playing for time hoping new information comes out about them? "the new york times" reports
cain is pushing us to go into syria. some people are hawks pure and simple. every war is good to them. every war is justified from the second it's discussed. all wars that even come up as potential wars are good wars for these characters. why is this a standard for whether you can be a good secretary of defense? that you have a knee-jerk love of war. >> well, i thought and believe that -- >> didn't you hear that today? i mean mccain seems crazed on this issue like if you're not for every surge, every war that comes along, you're not to be trusted, and the other guy said i served in vietnam as a grunt, i know what it's like. i know the grunts are the ones who take it. the big shots take them into war, the big shots talk about climate change two weeks later, they're still in the ditch fighting the war. your thoughts. >> and i think it will be good to have somebody with senator hagel's perspective on war, somebody who understands that sometimes we have to go to war because there aren't any other alternatives and we've got to defend our values, but who also understands the horrible consequences of w
man. and it changed this country. >> i didn't move because i didn't feel like it was helping us and making things lighter for us, me as an individual and us as a people, to continue to be push pushed around because of our race and color. >> she sat down and stood up for equality. i had the honor of speaking at her funeral in 2005 and called her the mother of the nation. >> rosa parks is not in history because she made some movie or sung some song. rosa parks is in hi ri because she made this nation deal with changing the laws and policies of this nation unlike anybody else. >> and, today, on her hundred birthday, i say what i said at her funeral. we all should make a rosa resolution. resolve to do something. if you can't speak up, write out. if you can't write out, participate. or do like rosa. find a way to sit and get in the way. do as rosa parks. make a difference. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >> wild rover. let's play "hardball." >> good evening, i'm chris matthews in washington. scared of its own shadow. that's how scared the republican
, a pretty smart guy used to write speeches for "w." the self-diagnosis is going on. we'll see what's going on. he wrote today, quote, the republican nominee mitt romney lost by 5 million votes to a beatable incumbent presiding over an anemic economy. the explanation is not purely technical or personalality oriented at the national level. republicans have a winning message for a nation that no longer exists. you got to start with this, joy. it's a well-crafted sentence. they have a winning message for a nation that no longer exists. in all fairness, they didn't know it existed until the day after the election, sometime around 9:00 at night when we all saw virginia looking close. what he, goes og on? it looks like a new country is voting here. they're still playing to the old country. >> it's like they didn't get the message in 2008. a lot of people on the right thought 2008 was basically a fluke, but what they have missed is the mi nofert -- >> didn't you worry it was? >> actually, no, i thought barack obama was going to win to be honest with you. i didn't. because the thing is if you look
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smart guy, used to write speeches for w. we will see what is wrong as the gop continues, former gop speech righters. michael gerschwin wrote, romney lost by 5 million boats presiding onover an anemic economy. it is p there is a wing message for a winning nation that no longer exist. you have to start with this joy. winning is a well-crafted sentence. a winning message for a nation and by the way, in all fairness, they didn't know it existed. until the day after the election. as i sit around, 9:00 at night, when we all saw virginia looking close, whoa. what's going on? looks like a new country is voting here. they are still playing in old country. >> yeah, absolutely. like they didn't get the message in 2008. i think a lot of people thought the message in 2008 was a fluke. >> did you worry that it was? >> actually, no. i thought barack obama was is going to win, to be honest with you. i didn't. if you look at trajectory of the minority share of the electorate, it's been growing by a pretty consistent 2% every four years. if you look at the electorate when bill clinton got elected, a
and reforms on the table. i am willing to work with anybody to get this job done. none of us will get 100% of what we want, but nobody should want these cuts to go through. >> political damage if the government runs into trouble, governor, say march 1st it begins to creep along, the real implications where we don't have the adequate defense spending moving out through the pipeline, we really do have a lot of shutdowns and people being laid off, i guess it helps the president because he's already starting to point the finger at a leaderless republican party. they don't have a spokesman to come out and say it's not us. but overall, doesn't it bring down the morale of the country and, thereby, hurt the president as well or more so? i'm wondering how you divide this out in terms of calamity. >> i think in the long term you're right, chris, it does. in the long term it doesn't benefit the president, and michael is right about one thing. we have not had serious discussions about dealing with our debt problem for the next two, three decades, and we've got to do that. but time is running out, and
was an enlisted soldier and rose to sergeant. a noncommissioned officer with the infantry, a grunt as they used to say in vietnam. this is navy pilot john mccain with his skraud ron in 1965 before he was captured. hagel made reference to the vantage point an enlisted man has in war. >> i saw it from the bottom. i saw what happens. i saw the consequences and the suffering and the horror of war. so i did question a surge. i always ask the question, is this going to be worth the sacrifice, because there will be sacrifice. in the surge case in iraq, we lost almost 1,200 dead americans during that surge. and thousands of wounded. now, was it required? was it necessary? senator mccain has his own opinion on that shared by others. i'm not sure. i'm not that certain that it was required. >> you know, the horror of vietnam where i wasn't, i always point that out, the guys who were, into the jungle, fighting an enemy you couldn't see. there were no p.o.w.s in the jingle wars. they didn't take prisoners. you know, what we did with ours, we turned ours over for god knows what kind of treatment. that was a
forward. so it's a tool -- >> what do they still want to know about benghazi that can be used as a reason for this decision to hold up this confirmation? what do they still want to know? >> they want to know the name of the person who changed the talking points that were circulated and included the description of the video and a spontaneous demonstration when they've now learned through testimony that the secretary defense and the joint chiefs chair both knew almost instantly that it was terrorism. they want to get to the bottom of this. they say that while many in the media, while many in the public think this issue is over and done with, that the families want to know and that they need to have more information so that conduct of any administration will be aware of the power of oversight from the senate. and they think that will change how people react and decisions they will make. that's the argument they laid out. they said it is not personal, but it is a tool to get information. they believe it was successful in getting the hearing and the letter they wanted. >> thank you, kelly o'do
. >> so tiger, level with us. did you let the president win? >> playing with mr. president was pretty cool. he's just a wonderful person to be around. we won. he was my partner. as i said, we won. >> well, it's good to be president. you can pick tiger woods to be your partner. it was a good day of bonding. much better than the last time the president picked his golf partner. you're getting better taste, mr. president. but you know it's not fair when you can get tiger woods against two. but i'm going to play the young guys at "politicsnation." as soon as kobe bryant has a free day to be my partner. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> the demolition party. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start with this. it's what the president started today, an all-out challenge to the republicans to stop these crazy manufactured crises we've been having. every few months now we've got another deadline, another abyss, another coming government shutdown. this brinksmanship has become elemental to american politics. repub
. thank you for joining us. you're such an expert on this. i have to ask you to think about and speak about the commentary from justice roberts, the chief justice and justice scalia today. what was that all about? >> i think we can assume that justice scalia based on what he said four years ago that he was going to vote against it that it seemed clear today. justice roberts, we are watching him closely as well. he asked a lot of questions of the obama administration's lawyer here saying which state does a better job of registering and getting a turnout of african-american voters compared to whites? he said the answer is mississippi. which does the worst? the answer is massachusetts. the point being he says the areas covered by the law may not be where the problem is. that's what the whole argument came down to today, i think, chris. is the voting rights act passed and reenacted in 2006 still a fit? does it still cover where the problems are? now, the four liberals on the right said yes. it may not be a perfect fit, but it's close enough. they said the areas covered by the law represen
don't think boehner is at fault. i think boehner's problem -- and i use the phrase feeding time at the zoo very accurately -- i think he's keeping the right wing of his party now satisfied. they want the sequestration. they don't mind if government takes a big hit. that's what they have been trying to do for years. don't they benefit there? if you're in a far right wing district, aren't you better off saying we wanted this and we got it, a big cut in government? >> that's true for the people in the far right districts, but is it true for patrick meehan and fitzpatrick and dent in suburban philadelphia? i'm not so sure. i think they're risking losing the house. if john boehner had his druthers, he and the president back in august of 2011 would have entered into a grand bargain which would have had plenty of entitlement cuts, raised revenue, $5 trillion of debt reduction, and we wouldn't be facing these problems. but boehner took it back to the caucus, and the caucus said no. >> is that fair, michael, what he just said? >> i think some of that is fair, yeah. i'm not going to play
a political scandal they can use all the way through until the next presidential election. >> let's face it, they're going to turn on hillary the main she makes a move. >> absolutely. they're waiting. >> only last as long as obama's run. >> that's right. jo let's take a look at the confirmation vote. chuck hagel's been confirmed by 58-41. so he got some republican votes there. >> it's interesting. john bolten when he was up for under secretary of state, he also had 41 no votes against him. so they're tied. so those that were the bolden crowd can feel like they got a tie with chuck hagel. >> injure attempt at symmetry disturbs me. i think no one is in the same league as bolten. why do they keep bringing up benghazi. what's the bee in the bonnet? >> i think there's a couple things. for them there's the earnest side if you want to give john mccain and the others the benefit of the kout, they're national heroes and they think it's markers for things like the iraq surge. if you're not in the right place on that, you're not a true national hero stewarding the interests of the country in the right
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